|By Marketwired .||
|August 8, 2013 11:02 AM EDT||
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 08/08/13 -- As part of BMO Harris Bank's continuing commitment to financial literacy and Making Money Make Sense, BMO Harris is providing weekly financial tips. This week's tip offers ways to save money on last-minute vacations.
Do you want to take a last-minute get-away, but are afraid you waited too long and now it will be cost-prohibitive? Your vacation can be everything you want despite waiting until the last minute. Fortunately, there are businesses that will offer deals to help you save money and ensure that you have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation.
Follow these helpful tips to make your last-minute vacation possible:
- Seek expert advice: Ask a travel agent to help you find exclusive last-minute deals on vacation destinations, airline tickets, cruises, hotels and rental cars. Many travel agents will recommend that you consider bundle deals that include hotel and transportation or an all-inclusive package that offers airfare, hotel, and food accommodations. Visit travel websites for additional recommendations and in-depth reviews on select travel locations and attractions.
- Be flexible: Consider off-peak destinations and travel times when you take your next trip. Businesses usually offer great deals when you make travel arrangements two weeks in advance. Prices for hotels, airfare, and rental cars are the lowest on Tuesday or Wednesday. In addition, book flights early in the morning or late at night for lower rates. Peak travel times for off-season deals are usually after students go back to school. Remember, the more flexible you are about travel times, the better.
- Shop around: Save money by shopping at a grocery store instead of frequently dining out at restaurants during your vacation. If you want to buy souvenirs, try to shop at places that will not overcharge you.
To help you manage your money and avoid the most common financial pitfalls, visit BMO Harris Bank's informational website -- Helpful Steps at www.bmoharris.com/helpfulsteps.
About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank and credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and approximately $555 billion in assets (as of April 30, 2013).